Bitou Municipality (WC044) is situated in the Western Cape Province within the jurisdictional area of Eden District Municipality (DC4). The municipality is situated in the South Eastern corner of the province and the Bloukrans River is the boundary between the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces and its southern border adjoins the Indian Ocean. It includes the town of Plettenberg Bay and surrounding areas such as Covie, Nature's Valley, the Crags, Kurland, Keurbooms, Wittedrift, Green Valley, Kranshoek, Harkerville, Kwa-Nokuthula, New Horizons as well as Qolweni and Bossiesgif.
Bitou Local Municipality, commonly known as the “Jewel of the Garden Route”, incorporates the former Outeniqua District Council and Plettenberg Bay. Situated in the Eden District, it covers 1 200 square kilometers. More than 50 000 people live here. It includes the town of Plettenberg Bay and surrounding areas such as Covie, Nature’s Valley, the Crags, Kurland, Keurbooms, Wittedrift, Green Valley, Kranshoek, Harkerville, Kwanokuthula, New Horizons as well as Qolweni and Bossiesgif.
In 2011, 16 645 households were living within Bitou municipal area, the number of households nearly doubled since 2001. StatsSA defines a household ‘as a group of persons who live together and provide themselves a jointly with food or other essentials for living, or a single person who lives alone’. There is also an increase in the number of households headed by females and a decrease of households living in formal dwellings.